Economy

Community urged to “have your say” on draft Light to Light plans
News
One of the state's most isolated and untouched locations is at the centre of $8 million redevelopment plans; money and attention that makes those who love this pink, blue, and golden part of the New South Wales Far South Coast nervous. Public consultation is currently underway for the Draft Light to Light Walk Strategy with community info sessions in Pambula,...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub moves to Merimbula, applications closing!
Business
A new home has been announced for the Bega Valley's factory of the future - the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. After launching earlier this year at the Bega Civic Centre, Merimbula will be home base for the second intake of this 12-week startup program. Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub Mia Maze says the new venue has been carefully...
‘Veggies for All’ grows in Eurobodalla with grant funding
Community
Fresh is best and the Eurobodalla is about to experience more of it with more back-yard vegetable gardeners, veggie beds and a new community garden growing from a $20,000 grant for the SAGE 2019 Veggies for All program. Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) received the grant from the IMB Bank Community Foundation, enabling the successful program to continue. The...
Bamboozled by modern times – GO CAMPING!
Opinion
We are all inundated with talk of drought, changing climates, tougher times ahead. How are you feeling about all that? Are you coping with all that is being asked of us? Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused? Tired and exhausted? Is the worry of it all getting you down? What can you do to get back that feeling of control,...
With only three previous owners since 1860, Bega’s ‘Brianderry’ offers beauty and history but also a future
Property
Are you looking for an idyllic rural property with income potential from 35 paddocks and no worries about water sourcing? 'Brianderry' a beautifully restored 1870's farmhouse, is set on 330 acres which includes 2.5 km of Bega River frontage and the associated generous water licence which would allow the ex dairy farm to be run as a working farm again....
Cheers – to natural wine tasting that will have us all under its influence
Food & Wine
Yes it's a cruel thing I'm doing here, telling you about a fabulous wine event that has sold out, however there are a couple of great stories around the upcoming Nattie by Nature the main one being the marvelous concept of 'natural' winemaking. But there is also the enthusiasm and chutzpah of three hospitality friends, plotting and scheming good-times on the Sapphire...
Giiyong among a host of winners at Southern NSW Tourism Awards
Business
Some of the best and brightest tourism operators in Southern New South Wales have been acknowledged at the Regional Tourism Awards in Ulladulla this week. "These awards aren't only about recognising winners they are about developing our industry, encouraging excellence and improving our businesses," says Jo Spencer from the NSW Business Chamber. Finalists across the 10 categories included: Bangalay Luxury...
EPA on the ground in Tantawangalo Forest investigating complaints
News
Community comment and concern about forestry is always robust, which was again the case last week around Region Media's reporting of the current logging operation underway in Tantawangalo State Forest, southwest of Bega. Comments ranged from: Dave Stewart - "Great renewable resource if done correctly and great for community by providing jobs." Vivian Harris - "We shouldn’t be logging native forests,...
Truffles take over from politics (for now) for Liberal Fiona Kotvojs
Economy
Her party won government but not the seat of Eden-Monaro, leaving Fiona Kotvojs considering her future. She isn't ruling out another tilt at parliament, but for the time being, the Liberal candidate is exploring new opportunities on the family farm and continuing her aid work in the Pacific. "Whilst truffle production is established in other parts of Australia, including on...
Winter winds take toll on one of the Bega Valley’s early settler homes
Community
Recent winds that howled through the Bega Valley have taken their toll on one of the district's most familiar sights and one of the region's original settler homes. Harsh winter winds have been battering the Allendale homestead just off the Princes Highway at Quaama, between Bega and Cobargo, for at least 140 years - maybe longer, people's memories are fading....
Tangle of issues combine to knock Merimbula’s mojo
Economy
It seems like Merimbula, one of the region's key tourist towns, is undergoing an identity crisis. A dozen empty shops are the most obvious symptom and have left people asking why the once-thriving seaside town is struggling. Bruce Marshall is a Jindabyne-based investor who owns the buildings on the corner of Main and Market Streets in Merimbula. His property extends...
Pink and blue – really? More colour in kids clothing please!
Opinion
"Muuuum, I need a shirt with more colours on it! It's for Crocodile, Crocodile and I don't get a turn because I'm always wearing the same colours - grey, blue, black..." my seven-year-old son gestures to a pile of clothes on his bedroom floor. I paw through them with him and he's right - how did we end up with...
Mogo’s role in building the new Batemans Bay Bridge
News
“Batemans Bay Bridge is using some of the widest precast segments of their kind in Australia," says Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, and they are being made locally. The vast concrete bridge segments that will form the backbone of the new Batemans Bay Bridge are being made at a purpose-built facility south of Mogo. “ 20.1m wide, compared to those...
Tantawangalo logging – “People don’t realise this is going on”
News
The Forestry Corporation of NSW says its current operation in the Tantawangalo State Forest, southwest of Bega is about promoting sawlog growth, as the value of woodchipping native forests is again brought into question. Peter Day is a concerned resident and one of those behind the Tantawangalo Forest protest page on Facebook. "They seem to be logging continually, I can see and...
Warming Winter breakfasts on clever coastal menus
Food & Wine
Many of us crave different foods throughout the seasons. In winter my heart sings at the thought of slow-cooked baked beans, or long-time stirred oats and porridge smothered with maple syrup or honey and loaded with healthy fruits, seeds, nuts and milk. Some of Bega Valley's cafes have been very clever and created heart-warming winter menus to keep us healthy...
“Stubbornly independent” Candelo’s Heath Cullen in LA now recording crowd-funded album
Arts & Culture
Candelo-based musician and songwriter Heath Cullen is in LA, poised to begin recording his fourth album, River Caught The Flood this week with Grammy award-winning producer Joe Henry. After the success of 2015's Outsiders and given the calibre of Joe Henry's work, expectations are sky-high. But before he can begin recording more music magic for us, Heath has to ensure he can...
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